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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 4, 2010 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did/does a band 'peak'?

IMO many bands perform better with age. There is little doubt.

But when it comes to writing songs, it's hard to imagine any band being as good from a comfy mansion as they were when they were writing to survive.

Does that make sense?

The GD don't really fit because they relied on Hunter and Barlow. We know that Hunter was still writing to survive even after many of his songs were made famous by GD.

As for Cream, despite the earlier successes of the members, there is still that initial chemistry which wears away over time. Call it a honeymoon period or music's 7-year-itch, but either way there is a reason these guys split. My guess is the lack of drive and creative spark among the members.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 4, 2010 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did/does a band 'peak'?

It makes perfect sense, except you keep adding fuel to my fire which is the opposite: for many reasons, some apparent, some real, bands peak early, then fade, to varying degrees...peak might be 3 yrs, 5 yrs, but it's not usually "half way pt" if they last, say, 25 yrs?

But, it's old ground; I am impressed that so many old farts do NOT like the idea that things get worse with age! Not saying that's the motivation, but....har, har.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Oct 4, 2010 9:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did/does a band 'peak'?

It seems that bands tend to burn out/peak faster than solo musicians. The longest-lived acts are people like Dylan (multiple peaks), Joni Mitchell, Neil Y., etc... It's hard to break up with yourself, I suppose.

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